Job in Abuja at The Population Council for a Director of Finance and Administration

The Population Council is an international, non-profit, non-governmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and help achieve a humane, equitable and sustainable balance between people and resources.

The Council’s major program areas ace HIV&AIDS, Reproductive Health and Poverty, Gender, and Youth. The Council conducts biomedical, social science and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. The Population Council works in collaboration with a broad range of Nigerian institutions.

The Population Council is  recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Director of Finance and Administration

Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Reporting to: Country Director
Assignment length: 2 years, renewable by mutual consent and availability of funding.

Job Descriptions

  • Population Council seeks an experienced senior professional to serve as Director of Finance & Administration in its Abuja, Nigeria office.  The Director is responsible for the efficient administration of accounting, grants management, operations and communications infrastructure in the office and the continuing communication between the Nigeria office and HQ in the US, as well as with colleagues in international offices.
  • The position provides key support to the Nigeria Country Director on all management areas under her/his direct supervision and, working in a leadership capacity with an administrative team, is responsible for implementation and management of internal controls to facilitate accurate and timely accounting, financial and information systems for the Nigeria office.
  • The incumbent will report directly to the Country Director. S/he will work closely with relevant management staff at HQ.
  • S/he will also collaborate with international colleagues, technical personnel, sub-awardees and international partner organizations, and local governmental institutions.


Financial Administration:

  • Oversee a team of 5 finance and administration professionals on the office management team.
  • Manage the accurate and timely preparation of office’s monthly expenditure reports to HQ (current monthly expenditure level is US$425K), ensuring review with and approval by Country Director.
  • Monitor bank account balances and bank reconciliations, ensuring sufficient balances for smooth office operations.
  • Prepare annual program plan budget in collaboration with Country Director and financial managers based at HQ, as well as interim budget updates.
  • Generate regular project financial updates for Nigeria office staff and senior management at HQ.
  • Supervise handling, reconciliation and reporting of petty cash.
  • Serve as liaison to local accounting firms, bankers, insurance carriers, brokers and other business vendors.
  • Oversee accurate and timely payment and recording of financial, accounting, treasury, and local tax transactions, as well as reporting and allocation of project costs.
  • Design, monitor and implement systems of internal control that safeguard client’s assets and lead the process of implementing sound accounting procedures.
  • Ensure cost effective and efficient procurement of goods and services in accordance with donor and client procurement procedures, as well as security of capital assets and valuable equipment.

Grants Management:

  • Comply with donor regulations for Nigeria office projects; advise & monitor program staff to ensure compliance; coordinate staff effort allocations across office grant portfolio.
  • Compile proposal budgets in collaboration with program financial managers, local program staff, and other colleagues.
  • Review donor financial reports for the Nigeria office in collaboration with Country Director.
  • Coordinate with HQ in monitoring and managing subcontracts.
  • Prepare regular internal financial updates for principal investigators and other program staff.

Office Administration and Operations:

  • Monitor compliance with administrative and operations policies in collaboration with Country Director and HQ.
  • Ensure continuous, smooth functioning of Nigeria office facility, infrastructure and equipment.
  • Maintain effective liaison with office landlord and utilities providers, keeping related contracts & legal agreements properly documented and up to date.
  • Oversee coordination & supervision of support staff, including drivers, office assistants & IT support.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting; minimum 10 years related or comparable professional experience with an international organization, preferably an NGO with a focus on public health or related area.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in, and appreciation for, a multi-cultural environment.
  • Expertise with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint); accounting software, payroll management systems & web-based communications platforms.  Advanced Excel skills preferable.
  • Proficiency in written and oral English.
  • Willingness to travel both within country and overseas.
  • Relevant accounting certification and understanding of non-profit fund accounting practices.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the international development donor community.
  • Strong organizational and team building skills, attention to detail and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with Country Director and colleagues at HQ.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 

Application Deadline  26th February, 2016.

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